National demonstration: Brussels Airport advises passengers to only carry hand baggage
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National demonstration: Brussels Airport advises passengers to only carry hand baggage

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The work-to-rule action entails that the airport police will carry out their job strictly by the book, resulting in increasing queues at the passport controls. Credit: Belga
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Brussels Airport is advising passengers to only carry hand luggage today. This is because of the national demonstrations against pensions. However it states that up to early this morning (around 8.30 a.m.) no inconvenience had been caused to passengers.

Florence Muls, the spokeswoman for Brussels Airport, pointed out around 8.30 a.m. on Tuesday, “Up to now, no disruption has been noted.” At that point, all airport operations and baggage handling were operating normally. Seven flights were cancelled as a precaution by airlines.

The airport is however exercising caution in planning to wait until the end of the morning (approximately now) to examine issues which may have arisen, as a result of today’s rare circumstances. The trade unions have been demonstrating from 10.30 a.m. against the federal government’s measures concerning pensions.

Brussels airport has stressed, on Twitter, that this national demonstration may cause disruptions to baggage handling. Going to the airport by taxi or bus may also be more difficult. Consequently, Brussels Airport strongly recommends passengers to arrive in advance. Those passengers intending to check in luggage are invited to place all items necessary for the first few days of their travel in their cabin baggage.

Christopher Vincent
The Brussels Times